Miller is a United States Senator from Georgia.
of Decency’ in America
floor of the Senate
[Zell Miller] 2/20/04
The Old Testament
prophet Amos was a sheepherder who lived back in the Judean
hills, away from the larger cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Compared to the intellectual urbanites like Isaiah and Jeremiah,
he was just an unsophisticated country hick.
had a unique grasp of political and social issues and his poetic
literary skill was among the best of all the prophets. That
familiar quote of Martin Luther King, Jr. about ‘Justice
will rush down like waters and righteousness like a mighty
stream’ are Amos’s words.
the first to propose the concept of a universal God and not
just some tribal deity. He also wrote that God demanded moral
purity, not rituals and sacrifices. This blunt speaking moral
conscience of his time warns in Chapter 8, verse 11 of The
Book of Amos, as if he were speaking to us today:
days will come, sayeth the Lord God, that I will send a famine
in the land. Not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the word of the Lord.
they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even
to the east. They shall run to and fro to seek the word of
the Lord, and shall not find
famine in the land’. Has anyone more accurately described
the situation we face in America today? ‘A famine of
hearing the words of the Lord.’
will say, Amos was just an Old Testament prophet – a
minor one at that – who lived 700 years before Christ.
That is true, so how about one of the most influential historians
of modern times?
who wrote the acclaimed 12 volume A Study of History, once
declared, ‘Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared
in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral
state America is in today.’
in 1975, before seeing the worst that was yet to come. Yes,
Arnold Toynbee saw the famine. The ‘famine of hearing
the words of the Lord.’ Whether it is removing a display
of the Ten Commandments from a Courthouse or the Nativity Scene
from a city square. Whether it is eliminating prayer in schools
or eliminating ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Whether it is making a mockery of the sacred institution of
marriage between a man and woman or, yes, telecasting around
the world made-in-the-USA filth masquerading as entertainment.
of Far Left America was displayed in a startling way during
the Super Bowl’s now infamous half-time show. A show
brought to us courtesy of Value-Les Moonves and the pagan temple
I asked the
question yesterday, how many of you have ever run over a skunk
with your car? I have many times and I can tell you, the stink
stays around for a long time. You can take the car through
a car wash and it’s still there. So the scent of this
event will long linger in the nostrils of America.
not talking just about an exposed mammary gland with a pull-tab
attached to it. Really no one should have been too surprised
at that. Wouldn’t one expect a bumping, humping, trashy
routine entitled ‘I’m going to get you naked’ to
end that way.
responsible adult ever listen to the words of this rap-crap?
I’d quote you some of it, but the Sergeant of Arms would
throw me out of here, as well he should. And then there was
that prancing, dancing, strutting, rutting guy evidently suffering
from jock itch because he kept yelling and grabbing his crotch.
But then, maybe there’s a crotch grabbing culture I’ve
But as bad
as all this was, the thing that yanked my chain the hardest
was seeing that ignoramus with his pointed head stuck up through
a hole he had cut in the flag of the United States of America,
screaming about having ‘a bottle of scotch and watching
lots of crotch.’ Think about that.
This is the
same flag that we pledge allegiance to. This is the flag that
is draped over coffins of dead young uniformed warriors killed
while protecting Kid Crock’s bony butt. He should be
tarred and feathered, and ridden out of this country on a rail.
Talk about a good reality show, there’s one for you.
and will of this Congress to meaningfully do anything about
any of these so-called social issues is non existent and embarrassingly
disgraceful. The American people are waiting and growing impatient
with us. They want something done.
I am pleased
to be a co-sponsor of S.J. Res. 26 along with Senator Allard
and others, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
United States relating to marriage. And S.1558, the Liberties
Restoration Act, which declares religious liberty rights in
several ways, including the Pledge of Allegiance and the display
of the Ten Commandments. And today I join Senator Shelby and
others with the Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 that limits
the jurisdiction of federal courts in certain ways.
so, I stand shoulder to shoulder not only with my Senate co-sponsors
and Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama but, more importantly,
with our Founding Fathers in the conception of religious liberty
and the terribly wrong direction our modern judiciary has taken
today seems to think that the U.S. Constitution expressly provides
for separation of church and state. Ask any ten people if that’s
not so. And I’ll bet you most of them will say ‘Well,
sure.’ And some will point out, ‘it’s in
the First Amendment.’
it! It says, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof.’ Where is the word ‘separate’? Where
are the words ‘church’ or ‘state.’
not there. Never have been. Never intended to be. Read the
Congressional Records during that four-month period in 1789
when the amendment was being framed in Congress. Clearly their
intent was to prohibit a single denomination in exclusion of
all others, whether it was Anglican or Catholic or some other.
recommend a great book entitled Original Intent by David Barton.
It really gets into how the actual members of Congress, who
drafted the First Amendment, expected basic Biblical principles
and values to be present throughout public life and society,
not separate from it.
It was Alexander
Hamilton who pointed out that ‘judges should be bound
down by strict rules and precedents, which serve to define
and point out their duty.’ Bound down! That is exactly
what is needed to be done. There was not a single precedent
cited when school prayer was struck down in 1962.
who legislate instead of adjudicate, do it without being responsible
to one single solitary voter for their actions. Among the signers
of the Declaration of Independence was a brilliant young physician
from Pennsylvania named Benjamin Rush.
was elected to that First Continental Congress, his close friend
Benjamin Franklin told him ‘We need you. . . we have
a great task before us, assigned to us by Providence.’ Today,
228 years later there is still a great task before us assigned
to us by Providence. Our Founding Fathers did not shirk their
duty and we can do no less.
By the way,
Benjamin Rush was once asked a question that has long interested
this Senator from Georgia in particular. Dr. Rush was asked,
are you a democrat or an aristocrat? And the good doctor answered, ‘I
am neither’. ‘I am a Christocrat. I believe He,
alone, who created and redeemed man is qualified to govern
him.’ That reply of Benjamin Rush is just as true today
in the year of our Lord 2004 as it was in the year of our Lord
So, if I
am asked why – with all the pressing problems this nation
faces today – why am I pushing these social issues and
taking the Senate’s valuable time? I will answer: Because,
it is of the highest importance. Yes, there’s a deficit
to be concerned about in this country, a deficit of decency.
So, as the
sand empties through my hourglass at warp speed – and
with my time running out in this Senate and on this earth,
I feel compelled to speak out. For I truly believe that at
times like this, silence is not golden. It is yellow.
delivered on the floor of the United States Senate 2/12/04